A family of three en route to a funeral died after a speeding pickup crashed into their compact car, plummeting it into a canal in Phichit.
Nasaran Phetso, 41, his wife, Phattharanan, 34, and their 9-year-old child Praiya, died at the scene of the Monday wreck in the northern province’s Muang District. Neither parent was wearing a seatbelt and the child was not restrained.
In a cruel twist of irony, the Phetsos were driving to the funeral of a family friend at nearby Wat Kamang when, going around a bend, their Honda City was struck by an out-of-control Toyota Vigo.
The driver of the Bangkok-registered truck, identified only as Wiwat, and an unidentified passenger, sustained only minor injuries from the collision that mangled the front of the Toyota.
Police said the Toyota was speeding and lost control while going around the curve at too high a speed.
Soldiers, police and rescue volunteers worked frantically to pull the family members out of the partially submerged Honda, both parent and child – who likely never had a chance, died before they could be taken to Phichit Hospital.
Wiwat, the Toyota’s driver, was arrested for reckless driving causing death.